Louis Stokes VA Med. Ctr. Cleveland, Ohio, Linear Accelerator
We, at Frank H. Stowell & Sons, appreciate the opportunities we have had build spaces for Varian Medical Systems TrueBeam linear accelerators in VA hospitals across the US.
That said, our Cleveland project contained a significant wrinkle. The only way to bring the equipment into the basement-level vault was through a public plaza.
Working off-hours, we had to remove enough of the pavers and infrastructure below for the old linear accelerator to be removed and the new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator system to be lowered in via a crane. Then, before relaying the pavers, we had to patch the water proof membrane – quite a challenge.
By Monday morning, the patients who entered the building had no idea of what had transpired. What they would have known was that, within a matter of weeks, they would be treated in an attractive new space with the very latest radiation therapy device.
Outside of the odd-entry, this was a very typical vault build-out, and a satisfying one.